Camanche waives fees for nonprofit's event

CAMANCHE — The city of Camanche will waive community center fees for Speak Out Against Suicide’s community dinner.

The dinner, in its fourth year, is offered free of charge to the Camanche community. The cost for use of the community center is $275 for the two requested days of use, according to Camanche Mayor Trevor Willis. Willis said the maximum loss for the city would be $550, $275 the organization would not pay and $275 for which they could have possibly rented the space.

“This was put on here at my request,” Willis said. “I had this put on here because I think it’s totally wrong that we’re charging these folks and they’re not charging for this community dinner. To me it’s asinine. It makes no sense whatsoever.

“There are some things you just do for the community and you allow to be done for the community,” Willis said. “We don’t have to make a dime off of everything we do. We don’t. We don’t. And we have this misconception that we need to charge for everything that we provide our citizens. You don’t.”

Camanche City Councilman Paul Varner agreed with Willis that the city should waive the fees.

“I couldn’t agree more,” Varner said. “The organization does a lot of good for the community. Does a lot of good for the county.

“I’ve seen the devastation that suicides can have on a family and it’s horrendous,” Varner said. “And this organization does a darn good job. I absolutely agree with the mayor.”

Camanche City Councilwoman Amber Metzger agreed the organization does an amazing job for not only Camanche and Clinton County but also for surrounding communities. She asked if future requests by non-profit organizations will come before the council to approve.

Willis said he believes other non-profit organizations would also come before the council to request the waiving of fees.

The council voted 5-0 to approve community center fees for the Speak Out Against Suicide Community Dinner.